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Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of multiple sclerosis

A technician prepares to slide a patient into an MRI machine.

People who have multiple sclerosis (MS) have damaged areas, called lesions or plaques, in their brain and spinal cord. These areas can be seen using a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine. It uses a strong magnet and radio waves to show places inside the body. Over time, MS can cause the brain to shrink. This can be seen on an MRI too.

Current as of: December 20, 2023

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